14 Holiday Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories

14 Holiday Cookies Under 100 Calories

Instead of overindulging at every holiday function, why not make your own batch of lower-calorie treats to bring along? By being thoughtful about the ingredients used, you can have your cookies and avoid that holiday bloat, too.

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From classic sugar cookies to biscotti to mint meringues, all of the cookie recipes below are festive and flavorful — without being total calorie-bombs. Yep, each treat contains fewer than 100 calories (evaluated using Calorie Count). Bring some of these baked goods to your next gathering and we guarantee you’ll be a holiday party hero.

100-Calorie Holiday Cookie Recipes

Healthy Sugar Cookies

1. Healthy Sugar Cookies (75 calories per cookie)

Wintertime wouldn’t be complete without classic sugar cookies. A typical sugar cookie comes in around 113 calories, but these soft and buttery treats let you indulge without the guilt since they feature less sugar and a vegan butter spread. Photo and recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

Apple Cinnamon Cookies

2. Apple Oatmeal Cookies (91 calories per cookie)

Fresh apples give great texture and a subtle sweetness to these seasonally appropriate bites. Using unsweetened applesauce in place of butter helps keep the fat content to just three grams per cookie. Leave out the recommended walnuts and these cookies will be 91 calories each. (Can’t live without the nuts? Keeping the walnuts brings the calorie count to 110.) Photo and recipe: Emilly Miller / Life by Daily Burn

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Oreo Oreo Cookies

3. Oreo Cookie Cookies (98 calories per cookie)

Love Oreos? This recipe’s for you. Each bite contains tiny bits of America’s Favorite Cookie. (Or Oreo-style cookies if you aren’t a brand loyalist.) This vegan recipe calls for an egg replacer, but one tablespoon of ground flaxseed combined with three tablespoons of lukewarm water will work just as well. Photo and recipe: Celine Steen / Have Cake Will Travel

Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

4. Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookies (83 calories per cookie)

Each gluten-free cookie has only six grams of sugar. That’s because both the cookie base and filling are sweetened with maple syrup, making the recipe free of refined sugar. Make your batch even more festive by coating the cookies in shredded coconut before pressing, filling and baking. Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn

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Sunbutter Cookies

5. 3-Ingredient SunButter Cookies (94 calories per cookie)

Think of these as a nut-free alternative to classic peanut butter cookies. They only require three ingredients — sunflower seed butter, sugar, and an egg. While the classic recipe is perfect as is, a sprinkle of sea salt on top or a few chocolate chips stirred into the dough will kick them up a notch. Photo and recipe: Erica / Coffee and Quinoa 

Oreo-esque Protein Cookies

6. Low-Carb Oreo-esque Protein Cookies (90 calories per cookie sandwich)

No carbs, no problem. IMO (that’s Isomaltooligosaccharide) syrup is the secret ingredient in these magically low-calorie cookie sandwiches. The high-fiber, fat-free and sugar-free syrup helps sweeten the cookies while also giving them structure. Photo and recipe: Anna Sward / Protein Pow

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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cookies

7. Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cookies (85 calories per cookie)

How are these soft and chewy cookies so healthy? Mashed banana keeps things moist, allowing you to reduce some of the butter or oil. The ‘naners also add some sweetness and help create a thick, chewy texture when combined with whole-grain rolled oats. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

Mint Meringues

8. 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Mint Meringues (76 calories per cookie)

When protein-packed egg whites take a light, airy texture, they can’t be beat. The meringue cookie base (whipped egg whites and white sugar) is extremely versatile, meaning you can easily add almost any ingredient to the mix. This recipe gets in the holiday spirit with chocolate and mint mix-ins, which lend a refreshing yet indulgent flavor. Photo and recipe: Erica / Coffee and Quinoa

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Coconut Sweet Potato Cookies

9. Coconut Sweet Potato Cookies (98 calories per cookie)

A cookie healthy enough to eat for breakfast? We’ll take it. Mashed sweet potato and a bit of coconut flour make up the bulk of these cookies. Rolled oats, shredded coconut, pecans and dates add texture and flavor. These cookies are healthy enough to eat in the a.m. and also, a wholesome option for any holiday cookie basket. Photo and recipe: Julia Mueller / The Roasted Root

Vegan Flourentines

10. Vegan and Gluten-Free Almond Lace Cookies (89 calories per cookie)

This vegan take on classic Florentine cookies will please vegans and non-vegans alike at your dinner table. The key: creating a lacy texture with the sliced almonds and sugar mixture. Make them a bit more special by adding a drizzle of dark chocolate. Photo and recipe: Angela Liddon / Oh She Glows

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Healthy Sugar Cookies

11. Grain-Free Sugar Cookies (61 calories per cookie)

Almond flour makes these classic Christmas cookies gluten-free and grain-free. Enjoy plain, decorate with a few slivered almonds or add a bit of sweetness with a simple powdered sugar and almond milk glaze. Photo and recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

Coconut Macadamia Biscotti

12. Coconut Macadamia Biscotti (84 calories per cookie)

No cookie beats biscotti for dipping in (spiked) hot chocolate. The recipe calls for macadamia nuts and dried coconut, but feel free to add other mix-ins you love. Photo and recipe: Jessie / Fairing Well

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Oatmeal snickerdoodles, Holiday Cookie Recipes

13. Oatmeal Snickerdoodles (82 calories per cookie)

You can whip up these delicious, vegan-friendly and gluten-free snickerdoodles in just 20 minutes. The oats provide a hearty, nutty taste, while cinnamon and sugar bring the sweet factor. Photo and recipe: Lauren / Oatmeal with a Fork

Tagalongs, Holiday Cookie Recipes

14. Tagalongs (46 calories per cookie)

We can’t think of a better time than the holidays to break out some homemade Girl Scout cookies. This low-cal take on tagalongs (aka peanut butter patties) contains zero trans fat — unlike the boxed versions. You can thank the wholesome ingredients like almond flour, pure maple syrup, coconut oil and vegan chocolate. Photo and recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

Originally published December 2015. Updated December 2016.